March 7, 2013
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Tony Snell scored 25 points and Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk added double-doubles Wednesday night to lead No. 12 New Mexico to its sixth straight victory, 75-62 over Nevada.
Bairstow had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (26-4, 13-2 Mountain West), who trailed 55-53 but ran off 17 straight points late in the second half to improve to 8-3 on the road. Kendall Williams added 10 points and five assists for New Mexico, which had already clinched their fourth regular season title in five years.
Malik Story scored 25 points for the Wolf Pack (12-17, 3-12), who have lost six straight and nine of 10.
Snell, who was 8 of 11 from the field, scored New Mexico's last 10 points of the first half and had eight during the Lobos' late run.
Trailing 56-55, Bairstow scored twice inside to spark the 17-0 run. Snell nailed a 20-footer and a 3-pointer during that stretch before converting a three-point play to cap the run with New Mexico leading 72-56 with 3:12 left to play.
Keyed by 3-pointers from Story and Kevin Panzer, Nevada went on a 12-2 run to take a 24-19 lead 7 minutes before halftime. But Hugh Greenwood followed Chad Adams' 3-pointer with a steal and a layup and Snell went on his 10-point streak over the last 3 minutes of the half for the Lobos' 36-32 lead.
Nevada went on a 9-0 run to take a 50-47 lead when Story stole a pass and pulled up for a 3-pointer with 12:18 remaining. His 3-pointer with 10:15 left put Nevada up 55-53 but the Wolf Pack were outscored 19-1 over the next 7 minutes as the Lobos put the game away.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
Nevada is 12-17, 3-12 in the Mountain West after falling 75-62 to No. 11 New Mexico (26-4, 13-2 MW) tonight.
The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high six in row.
Malik Story tied for game-high honors with 25 points. It is the 11th time he has either posted or tied for game-high honors in points this season.
Story led the team in scoring for the 12th time this season, 31st time in his career. His eight 20-point games is tied with teammate Deonte Burton for tops on the team but does not include his three 30 plus point contests.
After tonight Story has 1,442 career points which moved him past Armon Johnson (2007-10) into ninth on Nevada's career scoring list.
After 15 games of scoring in double figures Burton finished with eight tonight. Burton moved past 1,400 career points in the game and his 1,405 ranks 12th in school history. He is just two points behind Kirk Snyder (2001-04) for 11th.
Burton and Story have started all 96 games of their careers in the Pack backcourt.
Senior Keith Fuetsch made his first career start on Senior Night. Fuetsch scored two points in the game.
Fourth-year head coach David Carter is 74-55 at Nevada.
Nevada plays its final game of the regular season at Colorado State (23-7, 10-5 MW) on Saturday night at 5:40 p.m. PT on Saturday. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.